As many Canadians across the country deal with massive spring flooding, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams have been mobilized to provide support.
Toronto, ON May 9, 2017—The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams have been providing food, drinks and support to first responders, sand baggers and evacuees during recent floods in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. In Kelowna, B.C., the local Salvation Army church is being used as a reception centre where those impacted can receive practical assistance. In Eastern Ontario, The Salvation Army is providing emergency food services, clothing provision, and emotional and spiritual care at evacuation centres as well as near incident sites in communities such as Ottawa, Minden Hills and Clarence-Rockland. And in Rigaud, Quebec, The Salvation Army is serving meals to first responders and volunteers doing the sand bagging as well as providing emotional and spiritual support for those evacuated. Salvation Army response personnel remain on stand-by in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, should assistance be requested.
“The Salvation Army is committed to supporting responders, work crews and those impacted by floods all across Canada,” says Perron Goodyear, The Salvation Army’s Director of Emergency Disaster Services for Canada. “Our Emergency Disaster Services personnel have been working tirelessly and will continue to do so for as long as needed.” Often assigned a specific role in emergency situations, The Army’s established and well-rehearsed emergency protocols allow the organization to deliver fast, efficient service to first responders as well as those directly impacted. The Salvation Army endeavours to ease human suffering wherever it is found and draws on a wide range of resources which rapidly shift into action when a disaster strikes.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and in 128 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
For further information please contact:
Territorial Emergency Disaster Services Director
The Salvation Army